Sprague returns to claim inaugural Freedom 10K


Rachel Dickman notches sixth Freedom 5K win

By Mark Altstaetter - sports@limanews.com



Dustin Sprague won Wednesday’s Freedom 10K as part of the Star Spangled Spectacular held at Faurot Park. See more race photos at LimaScores.com.

Dustin Sprague won Wednesday’s Freedom 10K as part of the Star Spangled Spectacular held at Faurot Park. See more race photos at LimaScores.com.


Richard Parrish | The Lima News

Race winner Dustin Sprague (1077) leads a pack of runners during Wednesday’s Freedom 10K at Faurot Park.

Race winner Dustin Sprague (1077) leads a pack of runners during Wednesday’s Freedom 10K at Faurot Park.


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Kelly Heise (1026) from Harrod and Kelsey Heise from Lima participate in Wednesday’s Freedom 10K at Faurot Park.


Richard Parrish | The Lima News

Michael (1051) and Brittany (1041) Armbruster from Lima participate in Wednesday’s Freedom 10K at Faurot Park.


Richard Parrish | The Lima News

Rachel Dickman recorded here sixth Freedom 5K women's victory Wednesday at Faurot Park.


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Connie Dahill (497) and Marissa Potter, both from Lima, participate in Wednesday’s Freedom 5K at Faurot Park.


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Eric Wymer wins Wednesday’s Freedom 5K at Faurot Park.


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LIMA — During his high school days, Dustin Sprague was gliding over hurdles for the Shawnee track team.

Nowadays, the 43-year-old’s main hurdle is balancing his time between work and training for road races.

Through the years, Sprague has traveled north up Interstate-75 from his home in Kettering to compete in the Star Spangled Spectacular Freedom 5K at Faurot Park, where he’s finished toward the front of the pack each time, but never notching first place.

On Wednesday, Sprague made his annual trip to Lima to compete in the July 4th event.

However, this year, Sprague competed in the first-ever Freedom 10K – that ran in conjunction with the 5K at Faurot Park. There also was a one-mile fun run.

Wednesday, Sprague pulled away from the pack early, en route to a winning time of 33 minutes, 36 seconds on the 10,000-meter course. Sprague’s nearest competitor was Lima’s Andrew Bryan (35:56.7).

Over the years, Sprague has progressed from running 5Ks for fun, to competing not only in 5Ks, but in much longer races.

“I did recreational shorter distances right after high school,” Sprague said. “But as far as running competitively, I was about 37 years old when I started (running distance races). … I started increasing my distances from there. So, right now I would say the marathon is my best distance.”

Sprague has enjoyed running the 5K each year. However, he admitted the 10K was more appealing.

“When I was younger, I would have said the 5K was my favorite race,” Sprague said. “But now that I’m older, longer distances better suit me. So, when I saw they (Star Spangled Spectacular) had a 10K, I couldn’t pass it up. Initially, I wasn’t going to come here this year, but when I saw they had the 10K, the decision was made.”

Sprague resides in Kettering, where he works for the City of Kettering.

Sprague is focused on running at least one marathon this year. He competed in the Monumental Marathon in Indianapolis back on Nov. 4, 2017, where he completed the 26.2-mile race in 2 hours, 34 minutes, 26 seconds – setting a record for his age group.

“In the last couple years I’ve done three (marathons),” Sprague said. “I have Chicago (Marathon) this fall, and I’m tossing around the idea of moving my half marathon at the Air Force Marathon to a full. I haven’t made my decision on that yet.”

On the women’s side of the 10K race, 31-year-old Jen Dervarics (46:54.8) won by more than two minutes over 18-year-old Taylor Lucke (49:14.8) from Kalida.

Dervarics, who has been the assistant coach for the University of Northwestern Ohio women’s soccer team for the past five years, will be taking over as the head coach this upcoming season.

“I’ve gotten into marathons as of lately,” the Allentown, Pennsylvania, native said. “This is good training for me. I used to do 5Ks just for fun.”

In the men’s 5K, it was a battle of two former Ohio Northern University runners.

Eric Wymer, a 24-year-old from North Baltimore, pulled away from former Van Wert standout Justin Dickman in the final mile to win in 16:00.5 on the 5,000-meter course. The 31-year-old Dickman, a three-time Freedom 5K champion (2010-2012), finished Wednesday’s race in 16:19.4.

Wymer, who will be coaching cross country and track at the University of Findlay, knew Dickman would give him everything he could handle.

“The first mile to mile-and-a-half, we were running with each other,” Wymer said. “Then I started to pick it up and he (Dickman) didn’t come. Then, I hit Mile 2 and I thought, ‘Maybe I shouldn’t have gone, just yet.’ It got hilly toward the end there, but it turned out alright. I finished strong.”

Dickman, an attorney in Van Wert, knew the latter part of the race was going to be challenging for him.

“I was with Eric for about a mile-and-a-half,” Dickman said. “We ran about a 5 (minute)-flat pace. I was like 10:12 through the 2-mile, and Eric was a little bit ahead of me at that point. I have always struggled mentally on that bike path (latter part of the race). I’m kind of coming back from an injury, too. So, it was good to be out here. I’m a little bummed getting second, but Eric Wymer is very good. If I’m going to get beat by someone, then it can be a fellow ONU Polar Bear. He’s a good runner and I’m really happy for him.”

In the women’s 5K race, Justin Dickman’s wife, Rachel, was never challenged as she recorded her sixth win at the Freedom 5K in 17:46.3. Emily Avers, 33, from Bowling Green finished second (19:19.8). Former Lima Central Catholic standout and recent grad Emily Sreenan was third (19:31.9).

The 29-year-old Dickman, who will be working as an assistant professor at Old Dominion University, starting in a couple weeks, is coming off a win in her last race. Dickman competed collegiately both at the University of Michigan (senior year) and Ohio State (graduate school, one year).

“I ran the Bayshore Half Marathon (May 26) up in Traverse City and won that,” she said. “Then I took about 12 days off and I ran Maria Stein (5K). That was my first workout (since the Bayshore Half). And this is pretty much my second workout. So, I’m starting to get back in shape.”

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Unofficial results

Official times had not been posted by deadline. For complete results head to LimaScores.com and click on the Freedom races story.

Freedom 5K

Top 10 Finishers: 1. Eric Wymer (North Baltimore), 16:00.5; 2. Justin Dickman (Van Wert), 16:19.4; 3. Stephen Mackell (Dayton), 17:25.8; 4. Jon Wahlie (Lima), 17:31.7; 5. Jonathan Gardner (Tarlton), 17:44.9; 6. Rachel Dickman (Van Wert), 17:46.3; 7. Vincent Abrams (Lima), 18:31.6; 8. Quentin Potempa (Lima), 18:32.7; 9. Connor Skidmore (Bellefontaine) 18:33.6; 10. Gage Chiles (Van Wert), 18:50.6.

Top Men’s Finishers: 1. Eric Wymer (North Baltimore), 16:00.5; 2. Justin Dickman (Van Wert), 16:19.4; 3. Stephen Mackell (Dayton), 17:25.8.

Top Women’s Finishers: 1. Rachel Dickman (Van Wert), 17:46.3; 2. Emily Avers (Bowling Green), 19:19.8; 3. Emily Sreenan (Lima), 19:31.9.

Top Finishers

Boys 9 and Younger: C. Miller (Lima), 25:49.4; 2. Jacob Lauck (Urbana), 26:59.4; 3. E. Brinkman (Lima), 34:14.8.

Boys 10-14: 1. Connor Skidmore (Bellefontaine), 18:33.6; 2. Adam Stump (Lima), 20:01.5; 3. J. Barnhart (Findlay), 20:10.5.

Males 15-19: 1. Vincent Abrams (Lima), 18:31.6; 2. Quentin Potempa (Lima), 18:32.7; 3. Gage Chiles (Van Wert), 18:50.6.

Men 20-14: 1. Jon Wahlie (Lima), 17:31.7; 2. Jonathan Gardner (Tarlton), 17:44.9; 3. Curtis Pohlman (Delphos), 19:09.8.

Men 25-29: 1. Ryan Schadewald (Lima), 19:50.6; 2. Jeff Brown (Lima), 20:56.1; 3. Kent Brenneman (Lima), 21:21.2.

Men 30-34: 1. Jon Griffo (Lima), 22:10.6; 2. Matthew Chiles (Lima), 24:27.4; 3. Joel Griffiths (Lima), 24:51.9.

Men 35-39: 1. Philip Rader Jr. (Findlay), 20:23.6; 2. Nathan Hall (Ada), 21:45.6; 3. Ryan Miller (Newport News, Virginia), 21:57.1.

Men 40-44: 1. Eric Bontrager (Elida), 19:43.6; 2. Chad Kyler (Lima), 25:11.8; 3. Chad Ricker (Ottawa), 26:28.1.

Men 45-49: 1. Shane Halcomb (Bluffton), 22:08.7; 2. Dave Ellerbrock (Columbus Grove), 24:02.7; 3. Scott Siatkosky (Lima), 24:24.9.

Men 50-54: 1. Phil Buell (Kalida), 23:07.6; 2. Joe Wassink (Lima), 23:21.9; 3. Steve Ellis (Dayton), 23:34.

Men 55-59: 1. David Potempa (Lima) 22:34.5; 2. Juan Bonifaz (Bluffton), 23:27.1; 3. Karl Schlegel (Wapakoneta), 23:27.3.

Men 60-64: 1. Jay Prichard (Van Wert), 21:12; 2. Roger Fell (Findlay), 21:35.6; 3. Kyle Apkarian (Lima), 25:14.4.

Men 65-69: 1. Steve Gross (Paulding), 34:54.4; 2. David Stemen (Delphos), 39;10.3; 3. Steve Hayes (Ottawa), 39:20.9.

Men 70 and Older: 1. Gene Hovest (Ottawa), 26:21; 2. Ron Risser (Anna), 33:31.6; 3. John Foster (Lima), 37:11.7.

Girls 9 and Younger: 1. D. Gaines-Romick (Lima), 24:50.7; 2. C. Schaaf (Lima), 26:49.3; 3. L. Good (Elida), 32:43.7.

Girls 10-14: T. Jmiai (Lima), 22:05.4; 2. M. Stump (Lima), 22:41.9; 3. L. Auchmuty (Columbus Grove), 24:12.4.

Females 15-19: 1. Alyssa Ellerbrock (Columbus Grove), 19:52.3; 2. Taylor Ellerbrock (Columbus Grove), 20:32.2; 3. Bailie Barrington (Waynesfield), 22:03.1.

Women 20-24: 1. Alyssa Turrentine (Lima), 19:53.4; 2. Darby Olson (Elida), 20:26; 3. Abigail Ellis (Dayton), 24:09.1.

Women 25-29: 1. Taylor Hermiller (Pandora), 21:48.2; 2. Andrea Brown (Lima), 24:19; 3. Morgan Griffo (Dayton), 24:32.5.

Women 30-34: 1. Jessica Durkin (Independence), 23:23.8; 2. Michelle Stein (Lima), 25:11.3; 3. Jess Good (Elida), 26:42.

Women 35-39: 1. Heather Kohli (Lima), 22:31.5; 2. Deena Wilson (Mendon), 25:14.9; 3. Alesha Andrews (Fort Jennings), 26:14.

Women 40-44: 1. Lois Stump (Lima), 24:03.3; 2. Rachael Pilkington (Ada), 27:24.7; 3. Christy Broshes (Lima), 28:00.6.

Women 45-49: 1. Rebecca Lucke (Kalida), 24:47.1; 2. Molly Barnhart (Findlay), 26:04.7; 3. Marlena Schaaf (Lima), 27:44.8.

Women 50-54: 1. Alicia Scheiwiller (Lima), 26:28.6; 2. Jodi Jones (Lima), 31:40.4; 3. Jean Bourk (Lima), 37.26.3.

Women 55-59: 1. Betsy Griffo (Lima), 29:00.6; 2. Linda Pajka (Lima), 29:18.3; 3. Marcia Greve (Lima) 30:23.2.

Women 60-64: 1. Jennifer Griffiths (Lima), 29:46.7; 2. Lisa Salsburey (Ottawa), 32:54.7; 3. Barb Byrne (Lima), 38:04.7.

Women 65-69: 1. Barbara Hovest (Ottawa), 29:55.4; 2. Lakshmi Ravipati (Lima), 37:40; 3. Nancy Rudolph (Lima), 40:36.5.

Women 70 and Older: 1. Linda Stump (Harrod), 45:46.6; 2. Veronica Payne (Troy), 49:23.9; 3. Helen Lore (St. Marys), 51:09.1.

Freedom 10K

Top 10 Finishers: 1. Dustin Sprague (Dayton), 33:36; 2. Andrew Bryan (Lima), 35:56.7; 3. Micah McKanna (Bowling Green), 38:28.2.; 4. Paul Paschal (Lima), 39.52; Jordan Bellman (Columbus Grove), 41:59.3; 6. Clint McCormick (Perrysburg), 42:27.4; 7. Tony Homan (Coldwater), 42:59.7; 8. Brian Young (Lima), 44:08.5; 9. Craig Swope (Findlay), 44:29; 10. Tim Reimund (Columbus Grove), 45:04.1.

Top Men’s Finishers: 1. Dustin Sprague (Dayton), 33:36; 2. Andrew Bryan (Lima), 35:56.7; 3. Micah McKanna (Bowling Green), 38:28.2.

Top Women’s Finishers: 1. Jennifer Dervarics (Lima), 46:54.8. 2. Taylor Lucke (Kalida), 49:14.8; 3. Debbie Bowman (Elida), 50:26.8.

Top Finishers

Boys 14 and Younger: C. Raines (Lima), 48:06.2; 2. G. Harvey (Elida), 55:24.2.

Males 15-19: 1. Jordan Bellman (Columbus Grove), 41:59.3; 2. Grant Honigford (Lima), 51.13.9; 3. Andrew Gerten (Lima), 52:52.3.

Men 20-24: 1. Trey Bowman (Lima), 47:42.6; 2. Seth Rollins (Rockford), 56:27.5; 3. Hunter Binkley (Delphos), 1:17.54.5.

Men 25-29: 1. Tim Reimund (Columbus Grove), 45:04.1.; 2. Brock Lloyd (Columbus), 46:48.2; 3. Garrett Gatton (Bluffton), 53:25.7.

Men 30-34: 1. Aaron Zdawcayk (Perrysburg), 51:02.9; 2. Seth Vasquez (Spencerville), 51:43.1; 3. David Andrews (Lima), 52:47.2.

Men 35-39: 1. Paul Paschal (Lima), 39:52; 2. Jeff Thomas (Lima), 50:55.3; 3. James Johnson (Bethel, Arkansas), 52:12.9.

Men 40-44: 1. Clinton McCormick (Perrysburg), 42:27.4; 2. Tony Homan (Coldwater), 42:59.7; 3. Anthony Tegenkamp (Continental), 48:01.

Men 45-49: 1. Terry Schnipke (Columbus Grove), 48:46.1; 2. Andrew Queler (Galloway), 51:40.4; 3. Ryan Zachrich (New Bavaria), 52:26.8.

Men 50-54: 1. Brad Contris (Harrod), 46:31.4; 2. Michael Connor (Blacklick), 49:31; 3. Neil Hauenstein (Bluffton), 53:09.8.

Men 55-59: 1. Brian Young (Lima), 44:08.5; 2. Craig Swope (Findlay), 44:29; 3. Darryl Haycock (Lima), 45:32.9.

Men 60-64: 1. Scott McKanna (Vaughnsville), 54:51.5; 2. Michael Keith (Lima), 59:29.2; 3. Randal Garver (Harrod), 1:02.28.9.

Men 65-69: 1. John Coscarelli (New Knoxville), 49:46.5; 2. Jerry Rex (Lima), 51:35, 3. Dennis Chassee (Lima), 1:03:15.1.

Females 15-19: 1. Kelsey Berelsman (Delphos), 51:20.1; 2. Faith Rollins (Parkway), 59:35.4; 3. Michaela Rutter (Lima), 1:01:05.9.

Women 20-24: 1. Kaitlyn Browning (Lima), 55:47.4; 2. Erica Campbell (Lima), 1:00:15; 3. Mckenzie Perry (Lima), 1:01:0.

Women 25-29: 1. Alexa Miller (Lima), 54:16.2; 2. Allyson Bergman (New Knoxville), 55:28.9; 3. Elizabeth Amstutz (DeGraff), 56:00.7.

Women 30-34: 1. Mary Brown (Fort Recovery), 55:40.8; 2. Annie DePalma (Lima), 1:04.51; 3. Brittany Armbruster (Lima), 1:06:33.4.

Women 35-39: 1. Casey Walker (Defiance), 1:00:00.5.; 2. Heidi Hall (Ada), 1:01:22.9; 3. Jessica Evers (St. Marys), 1:05:10.3.

Women 40-44: 1. Ronda Lehman (Harrod), 59:45.7; 2. Oksana Gerten (Lima), 1:05:14.8; 3. Tammy Peck (Leipsic), 1:10:34.1.

Women 45-49: 1. Andrea Mangette (Delphos), 1:08:22.8; 2. Name not provided, 1:09:52.5; 3. Jennifer Wolke (Waynesfield), 1:29:53.5.

Women 50-54: 1. Leah Sanderson (Lima), 50:55.4; 2. Deanna Kiesel (Findlay), 1:02:11.7; 3. Brenda Hermiller (Leipsic), 1:10:34.2.

Women 55-59: 1. Esther Emmert (Perrysburg), 1:10:25.2; 2. Laura Goldsberry (Lima), 1:17:22.4; 3. Mary Sockrider (Lima), 1:20:33.8.

Women 60-64: 1. Sandy Dieringer (Celina), 1:07:19.2; 2. Connie Ziegler (Kenton), 1:07:43.3.

Dustin Sprague won Wednesday’s Freedom 10K as part of the Star Spangled Spectacular held at Faurot Park. See more race photos at LimaScores.com.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2018/07/web1_run-10kRP-001-2.jpgDustin Sprague won Wednesday’s Freedom 10K as part of the Star Spangled Spectacular held at Faurot Park. See more race photos at LimaScores.com. Richard Parrish | The Lima News
Race winner Dustin Sprague (1077) leads a pack of runners during Wednesday’s Freedom 10K at Faurot Park.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2018/07/web1_10K-RP-001-2.jpgRace winner Dustin Sprague (1077) leads a pack of runners during Wednesday’s Freedom 10K at Faurot Park. Richard Parrish | The Lima News
Kelly Heise (1026) from Harrod and Kelsey Heise from Lima participate in Wednesday’s Freedom 10K at Faurot Park.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2018/07/web1_10K-RP-009-2.jpgKelly Heise (1026) from Harrod and Kelsey Heise from Lima participate in Wednesday’s Freedom 10K at Faurot Park. Richard Parrish | The Lima News
Michael (1051) and Brittany (1041) Armbruster from Lima participate in Wednesday’s Freedom 10K at Faurot Park.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2018/07/web1_10K-RP-007-2.jpgMichael (1051) and Brittany (1041) Armbruster from Lima participate in Wednesday’s Freedom 10K at Faurot Park. Richard Parrish | The Lima News
Rachel Dickman recorded here sixth Freedom 5K women's victory Wednesday at Faurot Park.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2018/07/web1_5K-RP-023-2.jpgRachel Dickman recorded here sixth Freedom 5K women's victory Wednesday at Faurot Park.Richard Parrish | The Lima News
Connie Dahill (497) and Marissa Potter, both from Lima, participate in Wednesday’s Freedom 5K at Faurot Park.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2018/07/web1_5K-RP-013-2.jpgConnie Dahill (497) and Marissa Potter, both from Lima, participate in Wednesday’s Freedom 5K at Faurot Park. Richard Parrish | The Lima News
Eric Wymer wins Wednesday’s Freedom 5K at Faurot Park.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2018/07/web1_5K-RP-001-2.jpgEric Wymer wins Wednesday’s Freedom 5K at Faurot Park. Richard Parrish | The Lima News
Rachel Dickman notches sixth Freedom 5K win

By Mark Altstaetter

sports@limanews.com

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